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The week that was – April 18, 2014
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Happy Easter everybody! Here is your long weekend edition carrying the news you don’t want to miss from the past week. SAP reports positive performance in Q1 with cloud, HANA leading the way The first quarter was a decent one for SAP, a fact that the company is crediting to positive performances from its cloud, its HANA in-memory computing platform offerings and to its channel. Now with more than 900 VAR and OEM partners and more that 1200 ISVs, SAP is continuing to push its cloud and HANA offerings through the channel. For the quarter ending on March 31, SAP reported revenue of $5.12 billi...
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Idaho State Passes Cloud Services Clarification Part 2 Bill with Majority in Both Houses
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We received news from the Idaho Technology Council that Idaho’s Governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, this week signed a piece of legislation, HB 598, that will better define how Software-as-a-Service fits within the state’s tax law, and will support growth of SaaS, as well as other budding technologies in Idaho. HB 598 passed the Idaho Senate by a 33-0 majority and the Idaho House of Representatives by 58-12. This week’s legislation is the answer to a series of challenges raised by an Idaho Tax Commission bill in 2013.
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The Power of Thank You
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I was contacted by Harrybbb on Tuesday evening with the news that Cavu Networks, a long-time SMB Nation Community member (and neighbor!) posted two very nice “thank you” comments on its Facebook page. John Benjamin, Managing Director and CTO, Cavu Networks, graciously took some time out of his busy day to discuss just how far a simple “Thank you” can go. To begin, I asked John if he felt that “thank yous” and positive comments were becoming rarer in today’s environment. He replied that he and his team actually see positive comments increasing. He attributes this to existing comments driving n...
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D&H Distributing Reports over 39 Million Green Products Sold as part of “Go Green” Program
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Earlier this week, D&H Distributing announced that it has sold over 39 million Green products since its launch of the “Go Green” campaign in 2010. Company representatives said that although this program was originally meant to foster awareness in the IT Community, and to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, it has taken on a mind of its own. The D&H “Go Green” Program features a special “green” product filter for resellers to use in their searches, as well as a dedicated “Think Green” link on the reseller site menu, which features special offers and facts about D&H’s current gre...
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Continuum Launches MSP Radio Podcast
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Earlier this month, Boston, MA-based Managed Services company, Continuum, launched a new podcast series called “MSP Radio.” Podcasts will be broadcast weekly, and community members are encouraged to subscribe for instant streaming to their iTunes lineup. The first session, titled “The Future of Managed IT Services,” presented by the company’s VP Sales, Mark Connolly and VP Channel Sales, Mark Zahar, aired on April 10, and was a 35 minute cast focusing on industry expectations for 2014 and beyond. You can listen to a recording of this cast on the blog here. Listeners of MSP Radio are encourage...
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Plastics…err….Robots
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Everyone of a certain age reading this blog remembers the famous dialogue between Benjamin (Dustin Hofffman) and Mr. McGuire in the 1967 hit movie “The Graduate.” It goes like this: Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean? Now in 2014, substitute the word “Robotics” for “Plastics” and you’ve got the right context to proceed.
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SMB Nation’s Harrybbb to Join Karl Palachuk’s Systematic Success 2014 Conference
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Harry has been named as one of the nine consulting IT and business experts for Karl Palachuk’s well-respected annual online conference. This year’s theme, as you can view above, is “Systematic Success,” and conference sessions will focus on the best procedures and processes SMBs need to thrive in a changing environment. This online conference, now in its third year, will take place June 24-26, 2014.
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SMB Advantage Program Ends in 6 Weeks
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We recently received news that the Microsoft SMB Advantage Program, designed to offer SMB partners subsidies for selling qualifying Microsoft services, will come to an end on Saturday, May 31. In particular, SMB partners can offer Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Office 365, CRM Online and SQL Server Premium. The SMB Advantage Program is a three-step process:
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